Brad Stevens discusses Kevin Durant, Jaylene Brown and Celtics Officio


“My job is to figure out the costs and then decide whether or not we want to be involved in any deal with any team in the league.”

Kevin Durant plays Jaylen Brown during the first round of the Nets-Celtics Series. AP Photo / John Mincello

As it sounds, Kevin Durant’s NBA offseason trade saga segment is overPerhaps Celtics chief of basketball operations Brad Stevens can give a definitive account of the team’s reported pursuit of the Nets star?

In fact, Stevens could only discuss trade talks in general. When asked about Boston’s interest in Durant — a widely reported topic beginning in July and running through August — Celtics CEO Merloni, Fauria & Mego, told WEEI Tuesday that he could only provide an overview.

“Listen, at the end of the day I’m not going to get into any of the conversations we’ve had because I don’t think that’s appropriate,” Stevens said. “But my job is to figure out the costs and then decide whether or not we want to be involved in any deal with any team in the league.

“But since [Malcolm] Brogdon Trade We felt really good about our team and really felt good about building around these people we were building around,” Stephens continued, “in an effort to bring out our best players and we are excited to move forward with our team.” That’s really been our focus for a while here.”

Stevens also appears to imply that the conversations with Brooklyn were not as involved as the reports indicated.

“You say he was busy and there was a lot of talking, but it wasn’t like that for me,” he said. “Hopefully it gives everyone something to talk about, but he’s been pretty quiet on our front for a while now.”

One of the most notable players in the NBA linked to a potential Durant deal was Celtics striker Jaylen Brown. Stevens said the two met in Los Angeles recently, and that he had been in touch during the time rumors of a trade were circulating.

“Jaylen has been through this from a listening standpoint and noises have been around him for a long time, big names over the years,” Stevens said. “You have to be able to ignore the noise and know what’s important but also be able to communicate and have frank and transparent communication with the people involved. So yeah, we got those, we kept ourselves very open from the start because all of this was happening to any of our guys” .

As far as contract extensions go, Stevens indicated the team can’t talk to Brown about that until the fall due to NBA rules, but he hopes Boston can sign a long-term deal with the 25-year-old.

“It’s obviously a huge core part of what we do, it’s been six years now. We’re excited to give our best forwards [and] Keep it here for a long time.”

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